A cold solution for growing apples
A farmer’s worst nightmare is a cold front that freezes their crops. Unfortunately, present solutions are costly, inefficient and harmful for the environment. A new, natural plant bacteria-based protection would be the most promising. In this context, the EU-funded FreezingBioprotector project will create a microbial-based product for freezing protection for apples in an interdisciplinary approach (molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology and plant physiology) focusing on bacterial communities associated with the anthosphere of a wild cold-adapted rosaceous plant (Dryas octopetala). The combination of high-throughput sequencing and rapid throughput screening of bacterial isolates will be applied to evaluate freezing protection possibilities and will enable healthy and effective fruit crops protection on the EU market.